There is a model to navigate the future
Our plans are not ephemeral. We can use tools to make them more concrete and actionable. Like any problem that has a long term consequence – health, weight, financial success – small, initial changes can make a huge impact on where you will end up and a course correction now can save your business from ruin, or position you for success. Learning to read the future sooner rather than later. I’ve been through this before. I have lost a business because I failed to act against anticipated threats to my company. I have had to reinvent myself twice in the course of my career. And I have worked with others who have gone through similar situations. The biggest lesson I learned through these business losses, is that our stories are so similar, and that it is only the number of zero’s on the end of our problem, that is different. We can learn from other people’s failures, and we can put measures in place to avoid them.
It is a journey to the future
To illustrate this journey, I have chosen a set of tools contained in a compass, to help us find direction along a journey planned out on a map. I often hear two concerns, the first being that it’s impossible to tell the future and it’s a wasted effort. Well of course we aren’t trying to ‘tell’ the future. We aren’t fortune tellers, but there are models that can help us make better choices. The second is the terminology. ’Strategic foresight’ may sound like a daunting phrase, but we all naturally do this every day. We look at trends, plan scenarios and choose a course of action. This is not too difficult to apply to our businesses. All we need is an awareness of the process and familiarity with the tools.
Map, Compass, Guide
– A Map to understand our past, see our present clearer and determine on our preferred future. – A Compass to give you direction toward the future by providing you with tools. – A Guide to help you navigate this futures journey, in the same way that you will become the guide for the team leading change in your own organisation.